Thursday, December 3, 2009

Hannah More

Hannah More - an English playwright of the 18th and 19th centuries. Having an extremely varied professional life, More began by writing plays of a 'pastoral' nature; plays suitable for women to perform. Several of these were met with great success (though several also failed), and eventually she turned from light-hearted dramas and poems to more serious subjects. A devout Christian, More turned to prose in order to write several treatises about morals and ethics. Several of her most famed works in this vein include Coelebs in Search of a Wife, Christian Morals and Practical Piety. Toward the end of her life, she devoted herself to philanthropy, helping to establish several schools in places in England where none existed.